Ceramic is a material made from clay, sand and water fired in a kiln at very high temperatures. This gives the ceramic a very hard, durable finish that is resistant to cracks, chips and other signs of damage. Because of its durability, ceramic is often used to make burner plates and stove tops. While ceramic is fairly stain resistant, it requires routine maintenance when used in the kitchen due to frequent spills and splatters from cooking. Take care when cleaning ceramic to avoid scratching or gouging the finished surface.
Things You'll Need
Sponges and rags
Single razor blade
Wipe spills immediately using a damp rag or sponge. This is the easiest way to prevent hard-to-clean stains and hard spots from forming on your ceramic burner plates. The sponge or rag should be wet, but there is no need to use cleanser if the spill is still fresh. Avoid using the same sponge that you use for your dishes when cleaning ceramic, as dish soap can leave a film on the surface of the burners.
Clean tougher stains with a mix of baking powder and water. This material can be applied directly to the burner plates. Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe stains away. Do not use steel wool or other abrasive materials when wiping away tough stains on ceramic.
Remove dark spots left behind after contact with metal cookware. Hot pans and pots may leave dark spots on ceramic burner plates. If you find one of these spots, it is important to clean the ceramic before the stove is heated again. When heat is applied to one of these marks, it may make the stain permanent. Apply a bit of bleach and water to the stain while the stove is still cool. Let the bleach sit on the mark for a few minutes, then wipe it away with a clean, damp cloth.
Scrape away hardened food or spills with a single razor blade. Hold the blade very carefully at a 45 degree angle to the ceramic surface. Gently scrape the hardened material away a bit at a time. Once you've scraped the food away, wipe the area clean with a damp rag.
Clear away mineral buildup and water spots using a special ceramic cleaner. While more abrasive products can scratch your burner plates, special ceramic cleaners will remove tough buildup while protecting the ceramic. Apply with a soft rag and scrub stains or spots. Wipe the surface with a clean, damp rag when you're done to make sure all of the cleaner has been removed.